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Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen (NCP) seems to have backtracked on a plan to prevent dual citizens from advancing to senior positions at the Finnish Border Guard. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen (NCP) seems to have backtracked on a plan to prevent dual citizens from advancing to senior positions at the Finnish Border Guard. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Blue Reform and National Coalition are in apparent disagreement about whether it is necessary to prevent dual citizenship holders from advancing to senior military positions in Finland.

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, told YLE on Wednesday that he is no longer intent on proposing that dual citizens be prevented from advancing to senior positions at the Finnish Border Guard, which operates under the Ministry of the Interior.

He revealed that he had a last-minute change of heart after considering the position of the Swedish-speaking population of Finland.

“We’ll naturally have to carefully consider how this would affect the position of, for example, the Swedish-speaking Finns who are dual citizens. We think these admittedly warranted concerns can be managed by means of the security clearance when it comes to the Border Guard,” he stated to the public broadcasting company.

“We and the Ministry of Defence decided together not to extend the ban to the Border Guard.”

Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence, contrastively confirmed recently that he will submit a proposal to prevent dual citizens from advancing to senior positions at the Finnish Defence Forces. The objective, he added, is to implement the necessary legislative revisions as soon as at the beginning of next year.

The Ministry of Defence and Ministry of the Interior were originally expected to present their proposals together to the Parliament.

Mikko Kärnä (Centre), a former officer at the Finnish Border Guard, stated on Twitter on Wednesday that the decision will lead to a confusing situation and, possibly, also to Niinistö scrapping his proposal.

“I have no intention to call off [the proposal],” replied Niinistö. “The National Coalition must shape up.”

Hannu Sipilä, the secretary general of the Finnish Officers’ Union, similarly expressed his puzzlement with the decision of Mykkänen. The Offices’ Union, he highlighted, has ruled that people selected for training for officerships and military positions at the Defence Forces “must not be dual citizens in a way that poses a threat to national security”.

“How can Mykkänen guarantee this without the new law?” asked Sipilä.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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